In 17 years at
the helm of the Niskayuna High School football program, Don
Boothe amassed 70 wins, 5 Suburban Council championships, and 3
perfect seasons. The legendary coach added another honor to his
career on August 1 when he entered the Capital Region Football
Hall of Fame as part of its sixth class of inductees.
Boothe came to Niskayuna in 1958 and was the head football coach until a position he remained in until 1974. He was one of 20 individuals to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, along with the 1930 and 1933 Granville teams and the 1965 Hudson Falls team. Although Boothe could not be present, many of his former players (pictured below) were there for the ceremony at Michael's Banquet House in Latham. The district was also represented by High School Principal John Rickert and Athletic Director Larry Gillooley.
Boothe was one of two coaches inducted this year. His career record as Niskayuna coach was 70 wins, 25 losses, and six ties. He was also a physical education teacher and athletic director in the
When he stepped down as head coach in 1974, Boothe told The Warrior that he hoped Niskayuna would excel in academics and sports into the future.
"The secret is hard work and striving to stay on top," he told the student newspaper for its December 1974 edition. Winning a championship, he said, "was always my goal before the season began. None of them really surprised me and I was very satisfied after each one. I had so many talented players. I was a very fortunate coach."
Many of Don Boothe's former players were there as he was inducted into the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame on August 1.